Coming this summer: Major gas mains replacement project for historic Cambridge district

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  • Major scheme underway to replace ageing gas mains in Histon Road, Cambridge
  • Essential project will help ensure local community remain connected to safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating
  • Local businesses will remain open as usual throughout the project
Engineers are preparing to start writing a new chapter in the history of part of Cambridge.

Early next month work is due to start on an essential project to replace ageing gas mains with tough new pipes. This work will help ensure local homes, businesses, community facilities and historic University colleges keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating.

Engineers will be replacing gas mains along Histon Road. The work is due to start on Tuesday 3 July and is scheduled for completion by the end of August 2018. 

During the work there will be a lane closure from Monday 23 July for 10 days at the junctions of Histon Road, Huntingdon Road, and Victoria Road.  However Histon Road will remain open throughout the project.

To ease congestion the lane closure has been scheduled for the school summer holiday period when roads are generally quieter. Engineers will also insert the new pipes into the old mains wherever possible which will reduce the need for large scale excavations in the road.
Local shops and businesses will remain open as usual.

Cadent Authorising Engineer Dilbir Chana said: “The gas mains we’re replacing have been providing years of safe and reliable service but now they’re getting old and the time has come to replace them.
“As people enjoy the summer they can also look forward to new gas mains which will help ensure they have the power to keep warm in the winter.”

He added: “We’ve planned the work very carefully in close discussion with the local authorities to ensure it’s delivered with as little disruption as possible.”

Work also involves the replacement of gas service pipes to some properties in the area. Cadent will liaise with these properties to arrange for the work to be done. The work will require a temporary disconnection of the gas supply to each property involved to enable the new pipe to be installed.

People are reminded that they should always ask to see official identification before letting engineers into their property. All Cadent engineers carry official identity cards which should be inspected before access is granted.

To verify an engineer’s identity or for more information on the work call 0800 096 5678, more information on Cadent’s gas mains replacement work can also be found at


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